I’ve been an odd mood over the past couple of weeks and today I heard something that lifted my spirits a bit, which for now is just enough to make my day. The song with revitalizing mood powers is Anik Khan’s “Too Late Now.”
I actually heard the song during Beats 1’s Live From NYC Show, and it instantly felt like a tune. I think what did me in was the saxophone – I’m a sucker for the saxophone. Saxophones are groovy, they produce a sound that’s easy to sway and become deeply in tune with. It’s like your body hears the saxophone and instantly knows how to move – it’s intuitive.
In terms of the vocals, the first verse is rich, deep, almost jazzy? Combated with the hook and pre-hook the song is a journey for your ears.
Basically, this song makes me want to move and anything that makes me want to dance becomes a jam. Listen to the song below and join me as I stalk the sounds of Anik Khan.
Truth be told I really wanted to dislike this song, but as I tried to type a well-written, witty, and interesting letter, I found myself slowly grooving. This is a very fresh first impression, but so far (after one listen) I can definitely see this song becoming a “summer smash” and here’s why.
- Former Disney Princess Selena Gomez is featured on the track. She’s obviously strayed away from Disney and she’s got her own “edge” now – much sexier, more “sensual,” more womanly? Her name brings attention and the song is slow enough for her vocals to skim over the song and add to the breeziness.
- Charlie Puth was already a featured on one of the most memorable summer and soundtrack songs with “See You Again.” His chorus in that song is actually why I instantly recognized his new song. With that in mind, I kind of feel like his voice is inexplicably connected to summer. When I hear Charlie Puth I know it’s summer. Is that odd?
- The song fits perfectly with summer’s easy-breezy vibe. Summer isn’t supposed to be hard, it’s supposed to be hot, humid, fun and the song just works. Period. Also the chorus has a really nice harmony on the “we don’t anymore, like we used toOooO.”
Here’s a link to the song (no official video yet) and enjoy this nice cover (also did anyone else watch X Factor? I instantly recognized Diamond…YASS) 🙂
with the mass of America that loves and requests Alicia Keys’ new single, “In Common.” First and foremost, I am an Alicia Keys fan. I also love the fact that she appreciates a good jumpsuit (remember the “Karma” music video? That jumpsuit is I.C.O.N.I.C.). Outfits and #nomakeup aside, her new single is just upbeat enough to get you moving and chill enough to play at night on a long drive home (from the club or bea’s house?).
In my true fashion, I decided to see if there are decent remixes out there right now, because any good song can also be remixed…right? In this case I first began my search on Soundcloud. The only standout I could find is the one below.
What I like about this remix is the build, it’s smooth all the way through, until certain portions when the bass kicks in a bit heavier. It’s enough to add an additional element to the song without overpowering it.
Youtube offered a wider array of options, but the increased content proved to be disappointing. Honestly, there weren’t any remixes that I felt I should add to this post. None of the remixes were “right” for me/none hit my musical taste palate. On the plus side, I found a video that is basically me when “In Common” is on, so enjoy the video below for a smile.
So it’s been a while since I’ve blogged about anything in particular and I have to say that I’ve felt a little drained—really I’ve felt drained for months, but that is another story. On a slightly more uplifting thread of thought, I’m in love with a song called “Beautiful Criminal.” I know it’s an older song (released in 2014), but lets not dwell on what’s “old” and instead embrace what’s good regardless of time.
Beautiful Criminal is little sexy and a little needy. Maybe it has a slight RnB flair, but very much pop (IMO). Take listen, take a spin, take a swirl.
Also, take a listen to “Allure.” Similar sexy vibe, but it moves quicker.
I’ve included links to both—thank goodness for Soundcloud 🙂